St. Joseph's Parish currently has two formal, English language choirs.
The Parish Choir is the primary ensemble for providing music at the principal Sunday morning Mass and principal Holy Day Masses throughout the year. The Parish Choir sings all year around at the 10:30 Sunday morning Mass, and rehearses in season in the Choir Loft on Wednesdays at 7, from the week after Labor Day until Corpus Christi (late June). The Parish Choir is dedicated to learning, performing, and enjoying the finest choral literature of all eras and national origins that are in keeping the with character of the Catholic Liturgy. Every Sunday consists of Gregorian Chant Mass Propers, Psalm singing, and a warm, Anglo-Catholic hymnody. During choir season, add Latin motets from many eras; English "cathedral" anthems from Tallis through Stanford and beyond; motets and cancions from Spain and Portugal, and their missions in the New World; choral music by John Rutter, Stephen Paulus, Malcolm Archer, and the finest composers working today; all of these are treasured literature in the choir loft. In addition to the liturgical duties at St. Joseph's, the Parish Choir sometimes sings at other parishes and events around Norman. In recent years we have sung at the Living Stations of the Cross on the OU Campus, and currently have a standing obligation to sing one Vespers a year at St. Thomas More. Anyone who can match pitch and is willing and able to make the time commitment necessary is encouraged to consider the privilege of serving as a Chorister for your parish. To join the choir, simply come up to the loft and see Clint after mass to discuss the possibility. Children under high school age are encouraged to join the Family Choir first (see below), especially if they do not have choral experience at school.
The Family Choir is a volunteer ensemble consisting of children and adults, who sing for the Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve and the Saturday Evening Mass on Palm Sunday weekend. The Family Choir is formed every Advent and Lent at an informational meeting, during which rehearsal times and schedules are decided. The repertoire is less challenging and the time commitment is much less, making the Family Choir the perfect ensemble for someone who would like to sing but isn't sure if the commitment necessary for the full Parish Choir experience is for them. The Family Choir performs an essential function of adding beautiful music to Christmas and Holy Week at times when it is not practical for the Parish Choir to sing, and is a great opportunity to learn music reading, part singing, psalm/chant singing skills, and to learn something about the great tradition of choral singing in a more relaxed setting with families and friends all learning together.